William J. Winter

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The Most Reverend
William J. Winter
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Uthina
William Winter Aux Bishop of Pittsburgh COA.svg
Ordination December 17, 1955
Consecration February 13, 1989
by Donald W. Wuerl, Anthony G. Bosco, and John B. McDowell
Personal details
Born (1930-05-20) May 20, 1930 (age 84)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater St. Vincent Seminary
Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.D., 1958)

William Joseph Winter (born May 20, 1930) is the auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the titular bishop of Uthina.[1]


Winter was born in Beechview, Pittsburgh in 1930. Winter attended St. Catherine of Siena (Beechview) for grade school, and St. Michael High School in Pittsburgh's South Side before entering St. Vincent Seminary in 1948.[2] He was ordained a priest on December 17, 1955.[2] Winter briefly served as an assistant at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon, before going to Rome to receive a degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1958.[2][3]

Before his appointment as auxiliary bishop, Winter had served as the pastor of Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden, and St. Philip's in Crafton,[2][4] as well as assistant chancellor and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.[2] He was appointed bishop on December 21, 1988, and consecrated February 13, 1989.

While bishop, he served as pastor of Sacred Heart in Shadyside,[5] and notably led the Parish Reorganization and Revitalization Project that dissolved or consolidated 163 parishes between 1992 and 1994.[5]

Winter submitted his resignation when he reached the age of 75. His application was approved by Pope John Paul II, and he retired from the duties of auxiliary bishop on May 20, 2005.[1] At the time of his resignation, he was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for confirming an estimated 45,000 Catholics.[5] Since he resigned, Bishop Winter has resided at St. John Vianney Manor Retirement Home on the campus of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.[2]

It was announced on February 25, 2011 that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed the Reverend Father William J. Waltersheid, Secretary for the Clergy and the Consecrated Life of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as Bishop Winter's replacement as Auxiliary Bishop-elect of Pittsburgh, where he will serve as an assistant to Bishop David Zubik.


  1. ^ a b Cheney, David M (February 10, 2010). "Bishop William Joseph Winter". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f LaRussa, Tony (May 21, 2005). "Pope accepts Winter's resignation as bishop". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh). Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Guydon, Lynda (December 28, 1988). "Seasoned Winter fills auxiliary bishop post". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh). p. 5. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bergholz, Eleanor (February 14, 1989). "William Winter is ordained as city's 2nd auxiliary bishop". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh). p. 4. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Rodgers, Ann (May 21, 2005). "Auxiliary Bishop Winter retires at 75". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh). p. B-2. Retrieved April 24, 2010.